As a mark of respect and acknowledgement, local Emergency Service representatives from across the country who assisted in the bushfire crisis have been invited to toss the coin at 2020 Marsh Community Series matches.
Coin-toss representatives will include members from organisations such as the Rural Fire Service, Country Fire Authority, St John Ambulance, Red Cross and State Emergency Service.
In addition to the activity and support the AFL industry has contributed to the bushfire relief efforts to date, volunteers will also be in attendance throughout Week 1 of the Marsh Community Series to collect donations to raise funds for the AFL Community Relief Fund.
The Community Relief Fund was established by the AFL to support local communities in fire affected areas to repair and rebuild their football clubs, including helping footballing families in these impacted communities.
Held from February 20 – March 9, the 2020 Marsh Community Series launches tonight with St Kilda set to host Hawthorn at RSEA Park in Moorabbin.
The Community Series will once again take the elite game to fans across the country, with matches held in regional and suburban venues including games in Wagga Wagga, Wangaratta, Colac, Whyalla, Lathlain and Morwell.
Known as the world’s leading insurance broker and risk adviser, Marsh has become the naming rights partner of the Community Series and ‘Official Risk Partner’ of the AFL after acquiring long-term AFL partner JLT last year.
Marsh Head of Risk Management, Damian Schinck said Marsh is proud to use the platform of the Community Series to acknowledge the local heroes and volunteers who have given so much to protect our communities.
“Marsh is proud to support so many organisations affected by bushfires,” Mr. Schinck said.
“The tireless service and sacrifice our Emergency Service members have provided over the last few months has been incredible, so we’re delighted to be able to acknowledge and honour them throughout the Marsh Community Series.
“As the Official Risk Partner of the AFL, Marsh is also helping clubs get back on their feet by raising funds for the AFL Community Relief Fund, so be sure to keep an eye out for our volunteers collecting donations in the lead up to the State of Origin Bushfire Relief double-header match.”
AFL General Manager of Commercial, Kylie Rogers said it was a great opportunity to work alongside Marsh to support communities affected by the bushfires.
“The AFL industry has been really strong in supporting the bushfire relief to date and the opportunity to have Emergency Service representatives toss the coin at Marsh Community Series matches is just another way we are able to recognise the brave men and women who have supported communities during the bushfire crisis,” Ms. Rogers said.
“We’re proud of our partnership with Marsh and more importantly the opportunity for us to give back to regional and suburban communities through the Marsh Community Series.”
For the first time, children aged 14 and under will receive FREE entry to all Marsh Community Series matches* while AFL and Club members with game access will be entitled to attend Marsh Community Series matches free of charge for the sixth consecutive season (subject to availability and venue capacity).
All 18 matches in the Marsh Community Series will again be exclusively broadcast live by FOX FOOTY on Foxtel, while fans who are unable to attend matches will be able to watch every game live via the AFL Live App thanks to Telstra.

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*Children aged 14 and under must obtain a FREE General Admission ticket for entry (subject to availability).